|Eatery a step closer to fruition
RP planners OK use permit for Amy’s Kitchen Restaurant
Amy’s Kitchen Restaurant moved another step closer to becoming a reality in Rohnert Park when the city’s planning commission unanimously voted to approve a conditional use permit for the facility in the northerly portion of Village South of the Wilfred Dowdell Specific Plan at the southwest corner of Redwood Drive and Golf Course Drive West.
Amy’s Kitchen’s first prototype restaurant was 4,000 square feet with a 2,120 square foot outdoor seating area. Amy’s Kitchen began its operations in Rohnert Park more than 26 years ago in a small facility on Martin Avenue producing pot pies from a family recipe. The company employs 2,000 personnel and is producing more than 750,000 meals per day in two facilities. Amy’s production currently contracts for produce from more than 17,000 organically farmed acres.
The environmentally friendly design of the proposed restaurant would establish a strong architectural statement, provide a gateway element, and act as a catalyst for future parcel consolidation and full implementation of the WDSP, according to a report by the RP planning commission. Agrarian styling utilizing stone, metal and glass will depart from the “Neo-Mediterranean” style of many buildings in the area, and convey a modern aesthetic. The design incorporates a “healthy environment” segregating outdoor eating areas from the auto parking. A water tank for rainwater collection, a living roof garden, and solar panels for renewable energy use are some of the “green” features built into the facility design.
The plan for the location also includes landscape areas along the north side of the site, edge improvements that will improve the site’s appearance and play a role in the storm drain filtration solution for parts of the development area. Additionally, this development will provide the initial pedestrian sidewalk connections to Redwood Drive and Golf Course Drive. Parking lot tree cover, bicycle racks, and access-way lighting are also planned amenities.